On Earth Day, April 22nd 2020, CCE educators and staff took to social media to provide a day chock-full of short presentations pertaining to plastic recycling and reduction, energy efficiency, composting, and even a guided stream-side woods walk!
We broadcasted live on our CCE Dutchess Facebook page as well as recorded the presentations via Zoom. The recorded sessions can be found below.
Earth Day STREAM-A-THON Schedule
10:00-10:30am (Single-Use) Plastic is not Fantastic
Single-use plastics(SUPs) are harmful to our lands and waterways, and our health. Learn about the issues with these plastics and engage in a discussion about ways to take inventory and reduce use of SUPs at home, from Michelle Gluck, CCEDC Resource Educator and Dutchess S.U.P.P.P. Campaign project manager.
Single-Use Plastic Pollution Prevention Resources:
Dutchess S.U.P.P.P. Campaign Webpage:
Beyond Plastics Plastic Pollution Virtual Film Series:
11:00am-11:30am Floodplain Forest Woods Walk along the Wappinger Creek
This time of year, the woods are alive with singing birds, budding trees, and blossoming spring ephemerals. Local streams are swift with spring rains and winter snowmelt. Join CCEDC educator Sean Carroll for a short woods walk along Dutchess County's Wappinger Creek to learn about the importance of floodplain forests and riparian habitat, identify spring plants (both native and invasive), discuss water quality and the creek's watershed group that is working diligently to improve it, and simply enjoy the tranquil sounds of bird songs and running water - much needed during these crazy times!
12:00pm-12:30pm DIY Tips for Energy Savings!
Being at home now, we are all using more fuel, and more energy in our indoor spaces. Join CCE Sullivan educator Sean Welsh as he takes a look at some do it yourself actions to consider at home for little to no cost!
1:00pm-1:30pm Home, Heat, and Health: Win-win solutions through energy efficiency programs
Community Energy Advisor, and CCEDC educator Collin Adkins, will discuss the implications of energy inefficient buildings for our budgets and our health. This workshop will also offer plenty of solutions and assistance available through State energy efficiency programs.
2:00pm-2:15pm Tips on How to Celebrate Earth Day from your home with NCLI
The Dutchess No Child Left Inside youth educators have come up with some creative ways to celebrate Earth Day from the comfort of your own home!
2:30pm-3:30pm Composting and the Benefits of Organic Matter in Home Garden Soil
Do you compost at home? Do you compost well? Composting produces a rich soil amendment and also plays an important role in organic recycling. Explore a number of easy ways to get started and learn ways to fine-tune your current composting methods with CCEDC educator Joyce Tomaselli. Then learn some of the science how organic matter improves soil and enables plants to take up nutrients.
4:00pm-4:30pm Spring Nature Walk for Families
Join CCE Columbia-Greene educator Anna Harrod-McGrew on a nature walk near her home. Learn to identify spring plants that are just beginning to bloom and grow. Follow along as she explores the newly awakened woods and find out about games and activities you can take with you on a nature walk near your home! This video was posted on our Facebook and can be found here.
5:00pm-6:00pm Get Drastic with Plastic (CCE Putnam County)
Happy Earth Day! Join the CCE Putnam Master Gardeners as they discuss the harm that plastics do to our environment, and how we can each reduce our consumption of single use plastics (SUPs). Michelle Gluck, Resource Educator for CCE Dutchess County, will join the discussion and give an update about efforts in neighboring Dutchess County to reduce SUPs through their Dutchess County Single-Use Plastic Pollution Prevention Campaign.
Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.
The County of Dutchess partially funds Cooperative Extension programming in Dutchess County.
Last updated May 1, 2020